Experiential Therapy refers to different types of therapy, as well as therapeutic techniques, that require engaging in some type of activity or action such as role-playing, family sculpting, rock climbing, and/or the use of props. Experiential therapy heightens client awareness of underlying issues such as repressed emotions, unconscious conflicts, unresolved trauma, unhealthy relationship patterns, or poor problem-solving skills. These issues may be difficult to identify and explore through traditional talk therapy. The experience gives clients an opportunity to improve their problem-solving skills and practice new behaviors in a safe and compassionate setting.
“Clients who have experienced trauma are excellent candidates for art and experiential therapy because they can provide a means for expressing the inexpressible feelings that are often shut down or pushed away from consciousness in response to traumatic events. It has been exciting in the last 25 years to see that neuroscience research has validated art therapy. Through brain imagery, we now know that the cognitive and executive functioning of the brain is for the most part “offline” when people are recalling their traumas, rendering them essentially “speechless.” This helps explain why traditional verbal therapy is often not enough when working with trauma, and why art (imagery) and other experiential therapies are so effective”.
-Huffington Post, Pricilla Frank. 9/29/2015
Other Experiential Activities
Corner Canyon Recovery provides other experiential therapy activities such as massage therapy, music therapy, and fitness. These experiences help clients learn new ways of working with their emotions. They learn how to behave more mindfully and develop better communications skills through the insights they see reflected to them during each experience.